Wed, Sept. 17, 2014: Obama Visits U.S. Central Command in Florida

WHITE HOUSE SCHEDULE: In the morning, the President will visit U.S. Central Command at the MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, FL. CENTCOM’s area of responsibility includes 20 countries in the Middle East and Central and South Asia, including Iraq and Syria. The President will receive a briefing from his top commanders at CENTCOM, and thank the men and women who will partner with others in the region to carry out the President’s strategy to degrade and destroy ISIL. There will be a photojournalist spray at the top of the briefing, the President’s tour of the Joint Operations Center will be closed press and the President’s remarks are pooled for television cameras and open to still photographers and correspondents.

In the afternoon, the President will return to Washington, DC. The departure from MacDill Air Force Base will be open press, and the President will motorcade back to the White House.

In the evening, the President will host a picnic for Members of Congress at the White House. There will be print pool coverage for remarks only.

Tue, Sept. 16, 2014: Obama Announces U.S. Action on Ebola

President Barack Obama convenes briefing on the Ebola virus at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Ga., Sept. 16, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
President Barack Obama convenes briefing on the Ebola virus at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Ga., Sept. 16, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

WHITE HOUSE SCHEDULE: In the morning, the President will meet with Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL General John Allen and Deputy Special Presidential Envoy Brett McGurk.  The Vice President will also attend. There will be a photojournalist spray at the top of this meeting in the Oval Office.

In the afternoon, the President will travel to Atlanta, Georgia. The President will motorcade to Joint Base Andrews, and his arrival at Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport is open press.

While in Atlanta, the President will visit the headquarters of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where he will receive a briefing on the outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa, discuss the U.S. response and thank the scientists, doctors and health care workers helping those affected by disease at home and around the world. The President will also receive an update on the respiratory illness reported in several states in the Midwest. There will be photojournalist sprays of the President’s meetings with CDC and Emory University team members, and travel pool coverage of the President’s remarks.

In the evening, the President will travel to Tampa, FL, where he will remain overnight. The departure from Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport and arrival at MacDill Air Force Base are open press.

Mon, Sept. 15, 2014: Obama Awards Medal of Honor

President Obama awards the Medal of Honor to Army Command Sergeant Major Bennie G. Adkins
President Obama awards the Medal of Honor to Army Command Sergeant Major Bennie G. Adkins

In the morning, the President and Vice President will receive the Presidential Daily Briefing in the Oval Office. This meeting is closed press.

Later in the morning, the President will meet with Secretary of Education Duncan; the Vice President will also attend. This meeting in the Roosevelt Room is closed press.

In the afternoon, the President will have lunch with the Vice President in the Private Dining Room. This lunch is closed press.

Later in the afternoon, the President will award the Medal of Honor to Army Command Sergeant Major Bennie G. Adkins and to Army Specialist Four Donald P. Sloat for conspicuous gallantry. Command Sergeant Major Adkins will receive the Medal of Honor for his actions while serving as an Intelligence Sergeant assigned to Detachment A-102, 5th Special Forces Group, 1st Special Forces.  Then-Sergeant First Class Adkins distinguished himself during combat operations at Camp A Shau, Republic of Vietnam, on March 9 through March 12, 1966.

Specialist Four Donald P. Sloat will receive the Medal of Honor posthumously for his actions while serving as a Machine gunner with Company D, 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment, 196th Light Infantry Brigade, Americal Division.  Specialist Four Sloat distinguished himself during combat operations in the vicinity of Hawk Hill Fire Base, Republic of Vietnam, on January 17, 1970.  Dr. William Sloat of Enid, Oklahoma, will accept the Medal of Honor on his brother’s behalf.  The President’s remarks in the East Room are open to pre-credentialed media; the deadline to RSVP has closed.

In the evening, the President will attend a DSCC event in Washington, DC. This event is closed press.

Fri, Sept. 12, 2014: Obama Speaks at AmeriCorps Pledge Ceremony, Tours Ft. McHenry

Former President Bill Clinton listens as President Barack Obama speaks on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Friday, Sept. 12, 2014, as they marked the 20th anniversary of AmeriCorps, which promotes volunteerism and community service. President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton joined forces Friday to mark the 20th anniversary of the AmeriCorps national service program, heralding the impact volunteering can have on both individuals and the nation. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
Former President Bill Clinton listens as President Barack Obama speaks on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Friday, Sept. 12, 2014, as they marked the 20th anniversary of AmeriCorps, which promotes volunteerism and community service. President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton joined forces Friday to mark the 20th anniversary of the AmeriCorps national service program, heralding the impact volunteering can have on both individuals and the nation. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

WHITE HOUSE SCHEDULE: In the morning, the President and Vice President will receive the Presidential Daily Briefing in the Oval Office. This meeting is closed press.

Later in the morning, the President will deliver remarks at an AmeriCorps Pledge ceremony on the South Lawn to mark the 20th anniversary of the national service program. Joining him will be President Clinton, who established the program and swore in the first class in 1994. The President’s remarks are open press.

In the afternoon, the President will travel to Baltimore, Maryland. The departure from the South Lawn is open press and there will be travel pool coverage of the President’s arrival in Baltimore. Following his arrival, the President will visit and tour Fort McHenry. There will be travel pool coverage of the tour.

In the evening, the President will attend a DSCC event at a private residence in Baltimore, Maryland. There will be print pool coverage for remarks only. Following this event, the President will depart Baltimore en route Washington, DC. There will be travel pool coverage of the President’s departure and his arrival on the South Lawn will be open press. [Read more...]